The surgeons at Hair Transplant Dubai Clinic have specialized in latest hair restoration techniques like the minimally invasive Follicular Unit Extraction method. Infection after such a minimally invasive procedure, which does not involve cutting or stitching of the skin, apparently seems to be rare, but it is still possible and should be taken seriously. An infection can potentially affect the outcome of surgery, leading to unsatisfactory results. To reduce patient’s risk of infection after a hair transplant surgery, antibiotics are prescribed to use before and after the procedure.
However, medicines alone are not enough to minimize chances of infection after surgical hair restoration. The most effective way to reduce risk of infection is to carefully follow post-procedural instructions. Our surgeons provide patients with a list of aftercare instructions which they have to follow to ensure quick and uneventful recovery. Other simple steps to reduce risk of infection after FUE hair transplant include:
Refraining From Exercise:
Avoid indulging in sports, exercises and other vigorous physical activities for a couple of weeks after FUE transplant. All these activities cause the patient to sweat profusely, and the bacteria in the sweat greatly increase the risk of infection in the freshly operated areas. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to refrain from workouts until your doctor allows you.
Taking Prescription Medicines:
Your surgeon will prescribe you numerous medications including antibiotics and pain management drugs. Take a full course of prescribed antibiotics after the surgery to make sure the wounds heal quickly without catching infection. Also use pain management medicines to alleviate any discomfort.
After hair transplant you will experience crusting on the scalp, with thousands of scabs forming in the recipient as well as donor area. This may cause you to feel a strong urge to scratch the scalp. Resist your urge to scratch or pick at the scab or even touch the wounds unnecessarily. The scabs will shed off within 5 to 10 days while you shampoo your scalp. We understand crusting causes itching and tingling sensations, therefore, to minimize the discomfort you may be prescribed some ointment as well to relieve the symptoms.
Keep the surgical site clean and free of dirt and sweat, as these conditions allow the infection causing bacteria to thrive well. You will be allowed to resume shampooing one or two days following the FUE hair transplant. The first time our staff will do head washing for you and after that shampoo your scalp regularly as explained. This will not only help you keep your scalp clean but also allow the scab and crusts to shed off naturally and easily.
As stated above, cleanliness is the key to a quick and uneventful recovery after any surgical procedure, including hair transplantation. Avoid touching the surgical site unnecessarily. And when necessary, wash your hands thoroughly before touching the scalp. Pillow cases, hats and towels that may come into contact with surgical sites must also be clean.
As you recover from the FUE hair transplant, monitor your progress vigilantly and carefully examine the site of treatment daily. Some pain, redness, swelling and itching is normal after the surgery but these symptoms subside within a few days. If any of these symptoms persists for more than a week, consult with your doctor. Report any abnormal swelling or tenderness at the surgical site to the doctor immediately.
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